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Neighbors speak up about proposed project

HAMBURG — Two individuals spoke up about Georgianna Peluso’s request for a preliminary approval of a two-lot subdivision at 4515 East Highland Parkway, during the Hamburg Planning Board’s Sept. 18 meeting.

“My quote of reasons and concerns are I really don’t need a big house back there,” Carl Kovacs said, expressing concern about the possibility that a house could be built on the property, breaking the space regulations homes must abide by; he said he was also concerned that he would not be notified of its construction.

The board assured Kovacs that he will not “wake up to a house in his backyard” and said that any building that breaks space regulations would need to get advance approval from the variance board.

“If it is not within code, they go to get a variance,” said Planning Consultant Andrew Reilly. “You would be notified and you would go to public hearing to speak for the variance, for or against it.”

After some additional discussion, the request was tabled until Oct. 2.

There was also a discussion about Local Law No. 11, a moratorium on electronic signage. Due to multiple breaks in variances regarding issues with the code, there has been talk about control of what can be varied and how. The board discussed making the code itself clearer and not open to interpretation. Members recommended that the law receive a moratorium on electronic signage.

In other news:

– Eddy and Lewin Homes requested a preliminary approval for a 29-lot subdivision on vacant land south of Sowles Road, near Southwestern Boulevard. They asked for a 25-foot setback instead of a 30-foot setback. Richard Lardo of the engineering department said that he had a problem with the proposed 60-foot driveway. The issue was tabled until Oct. 2.

– The Villages at Mission Hills Apartments on Camp Road requested a re-approval of the site plan approval originally granted on Dec. 10, 2010. This is the third time this has been readdressed. While the project is in its second phase, complications resulted in the need for the reapproved of the first phase. The board set a public hearing about this request for Oct. 2.

– A public hearing about the Dan Howard subdivision on the corner of Bayview Road and Big Tree Road was also scheduled for Oct. 2.

– Shaw Properties LLC requested a rezoning of the vacant land located north of 4819 South Park Ave. from a commercial to a neighbor and commercial zone. The second meeting discussing this will take place on Oct. 2.

– The board’s decisions about the Willow Woods Subdivision and the Sherwood Meadows Apartments, located east of Heatherwood Drive, was tabled until Oct. 2.

The Hamburg Planning Board meeting will meet for a work session at 6:30 p.m. and hold a regular meeting at 7 on Oct. 2 in Room 7B of the Hamburg Town Hall, located at 6100 South Park Ave.
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